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10 peaks brecon beacons 2014

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 00:42

Last year I recced the whole course but not sure I'm going to be able to this.  My plan is actually to do a few extra peaks so I'm going to need to see how they fit in.

Good bits to look at are:

  • choosing the best line from Fan Fawr to Fan Llia
  • finding the path down to the Storey Arms from Fan Frynych - there is only one and it is quite hard to find especially after dark.  Once you're on it it's OK - a great trail.
  • the self clip CP on Fan y Big last year was not on the summit but a little to the south attached to a stone shelter - make sure you can find this if, like last year, it is midnight, raining, and thick cloud with about 3m visibility.
  • the section between Carn Pica and Bwlch y Ddwyallt which is practically pathless and full of peat hags and bogs.  Tricky after dark on the way down, but at least on the way up with a later 0500 start it should be daylight by then.
  • the section between the two roads ending at CP4 is pathless and worth reccing a good line.

The rest is relatively straightforward.

Be sure to do plenty of hillwork - the climb to the top of Fan Gyhirych is absolutely monstrous.

I'll be aiming for 24 hours, and to make no navigational errors. Should do the first, probably not the second!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 00:17

Doing some research there has been someone who has done 366 marathons in a year (a 52-miler on the last day).  Presumably a single person, or was by the end of it.

I think I'm going to struggle getting 7 more marathons in before SNOD now I can't do Cheddar on Aug 17.  What ones have you got lined up Jono or brer?

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 02:12

It wasn't as hot as Saturday, fortunately, but it was still important to drink lots of fluid, eat plenty of salty crisps from the aid stations, and have impromptu showers using the trusty sponge I carried in my fuelbelt when coming across any suitable-looking water.

The course is essentially an out-and-back with two laps of a hilly offroad loop taking in three non-runnable hills on each loop.  At least I wasn't running up them. Glorious scenery on great trails.  Only let down by the mystery wooded section near the beginning.

Was this roughly how you found it, mandy b?  How did you get on?

Good to hear the latest stories from our resident nutters.  Just to prove there is always someone more extreme than you, running in Bath was someone who is in the process of running 360 marathons in 2014.  And apparently he is on schedule.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 01:57

Marathon #92 (career, that is, not this year), Bath

Felt a little bit uneasy on the start line of this one after about two months of sleep deprivation (work-related) and next to no training.  Got chatting to someone I know quite well who has done 311 marathons and rated Bath in his top 3 toughest .  Not what I wanted to hear at all.  At the top of his list was one called the 'picnic' which presumably isn't?

A combination of heat, hills (including two ascents of Solsbury Hill of Peter Gabriel fame), and terrain, some of it quite technical, led to a slow time but I was pleased to keep going quite strongly over the last few miles.  Except for the last one.  At mile 25 a cheery marshal was announcing, 'All uphill now to the finish!'  And he wasn't joking.

There was an ominous incident about mile 2, and I wasn't to blame at all, where the whole field went wrong and got lost in some woods.  The heated discussions from the 100-odd runners that ensued were quite hilarious.  It was meant to be waymarked but at this critical point there were no signs, marking tape, balloons, or a friendly marshal, all of which were present at most other difficult route choices. We eventually found the right route but probably lost 10-15 minutes.

10 peaks brecon beacons 2014

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 01:47

roy silver - you doing the long course?  I'll be running it again this year.  I remember last year's outing being a very arduous event, but most of it was in wonderful sunny conditions. It got bad after dark - setting off from the Storey Arms at 2230 in appalling conditions to do Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan y Big and Waun Rydd finally arriving at the finish about 0300 was one of the edgiest things I've ever done.

Superb event, this year starting at 0500 instead of 0400.

I can probably fill you in with any details.  I recommend doing recces if you can. Although the map is useful there are often no paths, or the paths are hard to find, and you need to be good at nav.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 01:32

Hi.  I'm still around, although not really running at the moment.  Usually every year work dictates that I have to have a lull period from running from about the third week of May until sometime in July.  This year has been frantic and the workload looks to continue almost to the end of this month. I've been going out with the dog on a few hilly runs but no proper training as such.

Got 8 marathons to fit in between now and SNOD and another one looks like being a casualty.  Eldest son has entered Race the Train and challenged me to come along and run with him and his mates.  Didn't take long to decide to accept but it makes it tricky doing a planned marathon next day especially since he also wants me to climb Tryfan with him that day by 'a difficult route'. Since he's quite a decent rock climber I'm not sure what he has in mind.

He's off to the States to live later this year and since this could be the last chance for a long while to do anything like this with him I'm off to Tywyn on 16 Aug.

Good to see some new faces on the thread (as well as the old ones!)


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 00:29

That is unusual.  One of the causes of rhabdo is extreme exertion but what you're describing wasn't that (unless that evening run was epic).  There must be some underlying cause.  

Hope you get to the bottom of it!


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 00:42

SideBurn - it's a kind of extreme muscle fatigue from excessive use which seems to affect some people in long ultras.  Creatine-Kinase (CK) levels (essentially a measure of dead muscle tissue in the blood) probably get raised in most people who run marathons and longer with no obvious ill-effects.

In serious cases muscle damage is so severe the pain becomes extreme, rather like deep-seated cramp which cannot be relieved by either massage or stretching  out.  You also start losing motor control in the affected limb(s) until you become completely immobile. These are the obvious symptoms.  If you notice your wee colour and it is like black tea or coke that's another clear indication you need to get to A&E urgently and go on a drip.

Good, well-prepared runners can get it.  Novices can get it.  A lot depends on how conditioned you are and (I think) how tired you are before you start running. Not sure how to prevent it. I'd like to know myself.  I like to think I am in the well-prepared category but this has caught me out. I've decided no more 100-milers for me and will stick to a maximum of about 50 miles over which distance I have had no symptoms.

Keep posting, BenItsMeee.


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 00:20

Hi again BenltsMeee.

I would believe the pain.  Sounds like you tried to carry on way beyond the point a normal person would stop!  I did the same for 20 miles until 2 miles from finishing an 85-mile race I had to stop.  I had no option - the right leg had become as if paralysed.  I got to the point where I was using my hands to lift under my hamstrings and manually moving the leg for 10 steps at a time and then having a 5-minute break, before doing another 10 'steps'.  Eventually even this became too painful and I had to call to be rescued.

Yes, the liver can start to struggle and the heart as well.  You had a bad bout of it.

It's not blood in your urine, but an enzyme myoglobin which can crystallize in the tubes in the kidneys and cause renal failure.  You need to check there is no myoglobin left in your urine and that your CK level has come back down to a more normal level.  The normal upper limit for an adult male is 170-190.

Compartment syndrome comes on rapidly so I think you're OK there.  The muscles become extremely swollen and tight and the only solution is to slit the muscle sheaf longitudinally to relieve the pressure.  The wound is left open.

Take it easy!

What race were you doing?


Salt and Electrolyte balance during marathon?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 23:51

cougie - done 91 so far which is far fewer than some. I recommend SIS gels. One  is plenty - I use the ones with added caffeine. I carry a Go-bar for emergencies and would probably only eat half of it.

You've got to remember these products make you nauseous taken in excess.

CB69 - I would say that's spot on.  Rely on the race organisation to supply all your water.  It's normally every three miles - take some every time.

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